Founders

PAUL J. COHN


Paul J.Cohn, known to some as DC’s ambassador of hospitality, is the heart and soul behind many of the District’s most landmark restaurants, bars and clubs. As the original owner and operator of J.Paul’s, which opened in 1980 in the heart of Georgetown, and vision and soul of Georgia Brown’s, famous for its low country cuisine while playing host to political pundits and celebrities, he is also the co-creator and visionary behind Old Glory, Paolo’s Ristorante, The River Club, Z Club and more. Cohn has brought to the restaurant scene, and to Washington DC, what no other restaurateur of this day and age has: a rhythmic heartbeat.

Cohn’s heart hasn’t always just beat for restaurants. He got his start in the music business as an artist’s manager and promoter, introducing many of the nation’s top entertainers to Washington, and bringing world class local talent to world class status. Cohn worked with DC native, Van McCoy, a writer and producer known for starting the disco movement with his hit “The Hustle”; though Cohn’s most well known achievement was taking the singing duo Peaches & Herb to the top with their first album, “2 Hot”, which sold over 5 million albums worldwide in 1978.

While a Baltimore native, Washington DC is his home and his city. He has been a force behind preserving and protecting the welfare of the District’s people and businesses for many years, serving in the following capacities: current Chair of the Board, Destination DC; past president of the Georgetown Business Association Board of Directors and Executive Committee; past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington; past member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Operations Committee of the Washington Convention Center Authority; member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Destination DC, formerly known as the Washington Convention and Tourism Corporation; member of the Executive/Governing Board of Directors of the DC Chamber of Commerce; member of the Board of Directors, Executive Committee and Chair of the Government Relations Committee of the Georgetown Partnership (Business Improvement District); member of the Board of Directors of the Trustees of Southeastern University; past member of the Board and Executive Committee of the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival; past member of the Board of Directors of the Howard Theatre Restoration; member of the Board of Washington Trustees of the Federal City Council; mayoral appointee to District of Columbia Taxi Cab Commission.

A compassionate man by nature, he is the life of every party, the jokester at every dinner table and the soul within the hospitality industry and the community. Cohn’s rhythmic style, as a man of great passion with a heart that doesn’t skip a beat along the way, is what has made him achieve Grammy worthy success in music, and Rammy worthy in recognition restaurants. To Cohn, Music is Life, and Restaurants Are Theatre.

ELIZABETH BRASFIELD SCOTT


Ms. Scott., a native of Birmingham, Alabama, developed a knack for business at a young age, as the daughter of a successful entrepreneur. Born and raised in a family bakery, she rose to the ranks of Sales Manager at the age of 15, managing the retail sales and operations of her father’s bakery. Her passion for business further developed as she played an integral role in the strategic development and leadership of the business in years to follow.
 
Ms. Scott received a bachelor’s degree is Business Management from The University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration in Tuscaloosa. Her passion for excellence and tenacity in business made a Masters in Business Administration a natural next step, which she received from Loyola University in New Orleans.
 
Ms. Scott has extensive experience in retail sales, entrepreneurship, business operations and production, management, strategic marketing, advertising, and communications. Her professional experience extends from a family owned and operated business to corporate environments in a variety of industries, including the likes of Saks, Inc., Gymboree, Inc., the New Orleans Hornets (NBA), and most recently for Capital Restaurant Concepts in Washington, DC. She has also provided research and institutional support at Loyola University New Orleans, working under the direction of the Dean of the College of Business. She has spent time studying and working to make a difference in the lives of others around the world, to include short-term professional and educational stints in France, Belgium, China, Spain, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua.
 
When not working, Ms. Scott enjoys traveling, spending time with family, and serving in the community, striving to ensure that her knowledge, experience and passion is ever increasing and impacting the ways in which organizations and people succeed in today’s business environment. She is co-founder of Cohn’s Culinary & Hospitality Management Academy, a 501(c)3 educating and empowering under served and under privileged youth and young adults in the District of Columbia by providing job training and workforce development in the restaurant and hospitality industry. She serves in a variety of civic organizations, to include: Educated Eats (formerly the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington-Education Foundation), Board of Directors; Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington, 2010 and 2011 RAMMY Co-Chair; Destination DC, Marketing Committee; Destination DC, Partnership Committee; Greater Washington Fashion Chamber of Commerce, Chair of Board of Directors; Georgetown BID, Marketing Committee. She was most recently selected as one of the Washington Business Journal’s 40 Under 40.
 
Ms. Scott has made Washington, DC home, though ‘home sweet home’ will always be in Alabama.